Our second day in Macau, we left touristy Cotai and headed to Macau Peninsula! Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999, so this part of Macau looks like something out of a European postcard. But people still hang laundry out their windows, so obviously Hong Kong’s geographic proximity to the area has had an effect.
Our first stop was the St. Paul’s Ruins. It used to be a church, but multiple fires destroyed it, so only the front facade is left standing.
Then we stopped by Pastelaria Koi Kei, a famous bakery which was literally on every street corner in Macau. The pork jerky is also apparently one of the bakery’s more popular products, because I’m not sure if we even bought any baked goods. The jerky was very tasty but very spicy so I was only able to eat one piece.
We also went to Senado Square, which was decked out in Christmas decorations.
Before returning to Hong Kong, we made a final stop at the Mandarin’s House. The Mandarin was some prominent literary figure in China; his most famous work was something about warnings and prosperity. The grounds were huge considering how small Macau is! It was like this giant Chinese estate in the middle of all these colonial-style buildings.
When we weren’t looking at heritage sites, we just walked around, taking in the culture, and also taking pictures. Macau Peninsula is a very unique place. The history of it is very interesting (and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site so you don’t need to worry about anything getting destroyed!), and it’s also just fun to explore, with its hilly cobblestone streets and colourful apartments. The Portuguese/Chinese signage was cool too.